Ground Report, Srinagar:
Five militants and five soldiers were killed in the gunfight along the line of control in Keran sector that raged on Saturday late evening and concluded on Sunday evening with the killing of five militants and equal number of soldiers. An official said two more soldiers succumbed to their injures taking the total number of soldiers killed to five. He said that three soldiers who were injured earlier have succumbed to their injures, the total death toll has mounted to 10 including five militants and five soldiers.
He said that the operation has been called off with the killing of all five infiltrated militants who four days back made and attempt to sneak in. He also said that the bodies of all five militants have been recovered from the spot along with arms and ammunition.
The official furthermore said that the operation is over and the joint forces have started to move down along with the bodies, more information and recoveries related to the operation will be shared later. Earlier Four militants of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen were killed, Army trooper suffered injury in a gunfight that raged between forces and militants in Hardmanguri, Khur-Batpora in Damhal Hanjipora belt of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district. The gunfight broke in Kulgam district after a gap of 10 months.
An official identified the militants killed by forces in Kulgam gunfight as Ashraf Malik from Arwani Bijbehara, Aijaz Nayak from Chimmer Kulgam, Shahid Malik from Khul DH Pora Kulgam and Waqar Ahmad from Chawalgam Kulgam. In Kulgam gunfight local reports suggest extensive damage to several houses was caused. Army claimed to have foiled an infiltration bid along the line of control in Keran Sector in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district by killing five militants. Three soldiers were also killed in the ongoing operation, Défense Spokesperson Rajesh Kaliya said.
On Saturday, two minor boys were handed over to their families after counselling as they were going to join militancy in Kreeri belt of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
Two army personnel allegedly shot themselves with service rifles in Bandipora district of North Kashmir and Samba district of Jammu both identified as Sepoy Satendra Kumar Tomar and Makhan Lal.
Meanwhile, police on Sunday recovered body of unsounded man from a Brengi Nallah in Kokarnag area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district identified as Rafiq Ahmad Chouhan (42) son of Abdul Gani Chouhan from Cheirward, Kokarnag.